Beware, becoming a part of the Awareness Project is
not just a new group you are part of. They become family.
I fell in love with The Awareness Project and what they do for the community back in August 2017. It was a really tough time for me and volunteering with TAP gave me a purpose bigger than myself and my family. My husband was on his third tour with The US Army. With two children in tow, full time business and fulfilling both rolls of mom and dad, I didn’t realize how much I needed this connection with our very own local community.
My favorite part has definitely been that Stanley and Ryan allowed me to contribute by utilizing my talents! That right there had me at hello. We live in society where we “have to” adapt ourselves to whatever jobs/opportunities are available. Hearing that I can actually help by volunteering my strengths and likes was incredible. That lit a fire in my heart to do my very best and invest all the time I could into TAP.
To make things even better, I was able to have my kiddos with me for almost all projects we worked on! This was a huge deal for me because we were already separated from my husband and separating from my kiddos was not an option. Luckily, I was able to have them with me almost all the time. This has been such a huge deal not just because of that but also because my children have learned new skills that will help them all throughout life. My toddler loves watering the plants outside and he volunteers that way. My teenager has learned retail skills amongst many more. As for me, I have enjoyed building their new resale shop, Dapper Inc. it’s such a rewarding feeling because I know that I took a part of that. I loved volunteering at the Mission Central Food Bank as TAP volunteer. It was such a humbling experience for a lifetime. If you are ever in doubt of how is our very own local community doing, come and volunteer at this event. It is very eye opening.
If I could describe Stanley and Ryan, it would be this quote:
“Those who are the happiest are those who do the most for others.”
I have never met anyone more happy to give the shirt off their back and do it with the biggest smile on their face.They are the most selfless humans I have ever met.
Volunteering is not just giving your time or funds, it is so much more. Come explore with us exactly what drives you.